Review: ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Top
Category : AMD
Published by Christian Ney on 05.04.12
With its HD 7850 Direct CU II Top, ASUS shows a factory overclocked version of AMD's latest mid-range GPU. Additionally this card got ASUS' powerful DirectCUII cooler as well as an attractive design. Theoretically this card even has the potential to outperform a Radeon HD 6950. Amongst other things this is what we'll show in the following review.


On the following pages we will show you the strenghts and weaknesses of the ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCU II Top.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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Technical data / specifications

  Radeon HD 7870 ASUS HD 7850 DirectCUII Top Radeon HD 7850 Radeon HD 6950
Chip Pitcairn XT Pitcairn Pro Pitcairn Pro Cayman Pro
Process 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm 40 nm
Transistors 2.8 billion 2.8 billion 2.8 billion 2.64 billion
GPU clock 1'000 MHz 975 MHz 860 MHz 800 MHz
Memory 2'048 MB GDDR5 2'048 MB GDDR5 2'048 MB GDDR5 2'048 MB GDDR5
Memory clock 1'200 MHz 1'250 MHz 1'200 MHz 1'250 MHz
Memory interface 256 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit 256 Bit
Memory bandwidth 153'600 MB/s 160'000 MB/s 153'600 MB/s 160'000 MB/s
TMUs 80 64 64 88
TAUs 80 64 64 88
Shader Cores 1280 scalar 1024 scalar 1024 scalar 352 (4D)
ROPs 32 32 32 32
TDP 175 Watt   130 Watt 200 Watt




As you might expect the ASUS HD 7850 DirectCU II Top is everything but standard. First of all core clock speeds have been increased from 860 MHz to 975 MHz and the memory has also been overclocked but not that much - from 1'200 MHz to 1'250 MHz in fact. For factory overclocked cards ASUS uses "Top" in the name. Furthermore ASUS equipped this card with its own DirectCUII cooler. In this case they chose to go for the dual slot version. This cooler features two 80 millimeter fans as well as three heatpipes. Each of which has a diameter of six millimeters. In 2D mode the card is almost inaudible and under load it still is much quieter than AMDs reference design.

ASUS also changed the the power design with this DirectCUII model. In this case you get four phases for the GPU and two dedicated to the memory which should guarantee some good overclocking values.




Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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Preview

   


   


   


   


Delivery

For the Readon HD 7850 DirectCU II Top, ASUS uses their standard box. Everything has its specific place and in the delivery you find an installation CD, a manual, power adaptor, one DVI to VGA adaptor and a CrossFire bridge. Therefore the delivery is sufficient but we would have loved to see an additional game in the box. Furthermore the card comes with one DVI port, a HDMI and two mini-DisplayPorts, allowing up to four displays.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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Testing conditions

Hardware

Mainboard
  • Asus P6TD Deluxe
CPUs
  • Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.66Ghz
Memory
  • OCZ Platinum Series Triple Channel 3x2GB CL7.0-DDR3-1333 MHz
Graphic Cards
  • ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top
  • ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCUII Top
  • ASUS GeForce GTX 680
  • ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top
  • XFX R7970 Double Dissipation
  • ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top
  • ASUS ENGTX560 TI 448 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5
  • ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5
  • AMD Radeon HD 6570
  • ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum
  • MSI GTX 580 Lightning
  • ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top
  • ASUS EAH5550
  • ASUS ENGT 440
  • ASUS ENGT 430
  • NVIDIA GTX 590
  • ASUS GTX 590
  • ASUS EAH6990 (Radeon HD 6990)
  • ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top
  • Gigabyte GTX 460 Super Overclock
  • ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII
  • ASUS EAH6970 2GB
  • ASUS EAH6950 2GB
  • ASUS ENGTX580
  • ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU
  • ASUS ARES 5870X2 2DIS 4GD5
  • MSI HD R5870 Lighning
  • Gigabyte 5870 SOC
  • ASUS Radeon EAH 5970
  • ASUS GTX470
  • ASUS Radeon EAH 5870
  • ASUS Radeon EAH 5850
  • ASUS GTX 275 Matrix
  • ASUS Matrix GTX 285
  • nVidia GTX 295 SLI
  • nVidia GTX 295
  • EVGA 8800 GT 512MB
  • ZOTAC GTX 275 1792MB SLI
  • ASUS EAH3870X2
  • ASUS ENGTS250 DK
HDD
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500 GByte
PSU
  • Corsair HX850 / 850 Watts


Software

Futuremark

Unigine Heaven Benchmark

  High
API DX11
Stereo 3D Disabled
Shaders High
Tessellation Extreme
Anisotropy 16
Anti-aliasing 8x
Full Screen Yes
Resolution 1920x1080


Stone Giant

  High
Resolution 1920 x 1080 
Aspect Auto
Tessellation High
Window Mode No


World in Conflict

  High
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Graphic Detail very high
Antialiasing 8x
Anisotropic Texture Filtering 16x


Resident Evil 5 DX10

  High
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Display Mode Full Screen
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
V-Sync No
[de]Bildwiederholrate[/de]Frame Rate Full Screen
Antialiasing 8x
Anisotropic Texture Filtering 16x
Motion Blur Yes
Shadow Detail High
Texture Detail High
Overall Quality High


Call of Juarez

  High
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Display Mode yes
Quality High
Shadowmap size 2048x2048
Shadows quality High
Antialiasing 4x SSAA
Audio disabled


Far Cry 2 DX10

  High
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Antialiasing 8x
Direct3D 10
Fire very high
Physics very high
Real Trees very high
Overall Quality custom
Vegetation very high
Shading ultra high
Terrain ultra high
Geometry ultra high
Post FX high
Texture ultra high
Ambient high
HDR yes
Shadow ultra high
Bloom yes



Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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3DMark 11

3DMark 11 is Futuremarks latest benchmark for the entire graphical subsystem. The benchmark uses DirectX 11 and it supports all recent features which can possibly generate high load on a GPU. Therefore you find tessellation, compute shader calculations, divers lighting effects and different depth of filed animations. Following we publish values regarding the performance preset of 3DMark 11.



3DMark 11 Total Score Percent
Asus GTX 580 SLI 9'944 278.00 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 8'772 245.23 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 8'625 241.12 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 8'370 233.99 %
ASUS GTX 590 8'123 227.09 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 8'043 224.85 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 7'913 221.22 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 7'558 211.29 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 7'201 201.31 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 6'636 185.52 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 6'356 177.69 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 6'048 160.08 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 5'988 167.40 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 5'859 163.80 %
ASUS GTX 580 5'803 162.23 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 5'335 149.15 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 5'273 147.14 %
ASUS ENGTX 560 TI 448 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 5'212 145.71 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 5'175 144.67 %
Zotac GTX 480 4'922 137.60 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 4'606 128.77 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 4'551 127.23 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 3'754  104.95 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 3'609 100.89 %
ASUS EAH6850 3'577 100.00 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 3'404 95.16 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 2'717 75.96 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 2'713 75.85 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 1'571 43.92 %
ASUS ENGT440 1'327 37.10 %
ASUS ENGT430 1'075 30.05 %
ASUS EAH5550 1'017 28.43 %
  more is better


3DMark 11 GPU Score Percent
Asus GTX 580 SLI 12'451 373.34 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 10'189 305.52 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 9'977 299.16 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 9'571 286.98 %
ASUS GTX 590 8'914 267.29 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 8'878 266.21 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 8'854 265.49 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 8'276 248.16 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 7'797 233.79 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 6'800 203.90 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 6'314 189.32 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 5'952 178.47 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 5'872 176.07 %
ASUS GTX 580 5'812 174.27 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 5'720 171.51 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 5'132 153.88 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 5'082 152.38 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 5'007 150.13 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 4'949 148.40 %
Zotac GTX 480 4'802 143.99 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 4'341 130.16 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 4'108 123.18 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 3'562  106.81 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 3'383 101.44 %
ASUS EAH6850 3'335 100.00 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 3'148 94.39 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 2'460 73.76 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 2'440 73.16 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 1'374 41.20 %
ASUS ENGT440 1'160 34.78 %
ASUS ENGT430 937 28.10 %
ASUS EAH5550 882 26.45 %
  more is better



Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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3DMark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is able to squeeze nearly everything out of a recent system. Therefore the feature liste is also pretty long: DirectX10, FP16-HDR, motion blur, parallax occlusion mapping, GPU-physics simulation and different shader effects are being used to even make recent high-end systems struggle.


3DMark Vantage Score Percent
Palit GTX 580 SLI 36'482 262.50 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 25'076 180.43 %
nVidia GTX 295 SLI 24'638 177.28 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 24'520 176.43 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 24'353 175.22 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 24'309 174.91 %
ASUS GTX 590 23'995 172.65 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 23'739 170.81 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 23'588 169.72 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 23'458 168.79 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 23'153 166.59 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 22'725 163.51 %
ASUS ARES 5870X2 2DIS 4GD5 22'496 161.86 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 22'382 161.04 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 22'023 158.46 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 21'341 153.55 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 21'171 152.42 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 19'614 141.13 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 19'442 139.79 %
ZOTAC GTX 285 SLI 19'441 139.88 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 19'165 137.90 %
ZOTAC GTX 275 1792MB SLI 19'098 137.41 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 19'019 136.85 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 19'016 136.82 %
ASUS EAH5970 18'895 135.95 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 18'273 131.48 %
Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock 18'244 131.27 %
Zotac GTX 480 17'859 128.50 %
MSI HD 5870 Lightning 17'732 127.58 %
nVidia GTX 295 17'598 126.62 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 17'485 125.81 %
ASUS GTX 470 16'730 120.37 %
ASUS EAH5870 16'056 115.52 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 16'024 115.30 %
ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU 15'301 110.09 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 14'705 105.81 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 14'606 105.09 %
ASUS EAH5850 13'898 100.00 %
ASUS GTX285 Matrix 13'047 93.87 %
MSI GTX 275 Lightning 12'323 88.09 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 11'793 84.85 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 10'806 77.75 %
ASUS EAH3870X2 9'508 68.41 %
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 8'481 61.02 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 7'270 52.31 %
EVGA 8800 GT 512MB 6'427 46.24 %
ASUS ENGT440 5'827 41.93 %
Zotac 9600 GT ECO 4'803 34.56 %
ASUS ENGT430 4'609 33.16 %
ASUS EAH5550 3'614 26.00 %
  more is better


3DMark Vantage GPU Score Percent
Palit GTX 580 SLI 33'378 254.08 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 29'775 226.65 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 29'283 222.90 %
nVidia GTX 295 SLI 29'128 221.72 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 28'525 217.13 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 28'397 216.16 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 27'939 212.67 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 27'677 210.68 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 27'451 208.96 %
ASUS ARES 5870X2 2DIS 4GD5 25'544 194.44 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 25'091 190.99 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 25'062 190.77 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 24'515 186.61 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 23'628  179.85 %
ASUS GTX 590 23'588 179.55 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 23'353 177.77 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 23'440 178.43 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 20'914 159.20 %
ZOTAC GTX 285 SLI 20'715 157.68 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 20'487 155.95 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 20'203 153.79 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 20'039 152.54 %
ZOTAC GTX 275 1792MB SLI 19'960 151.93 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 19'835 150.99 %
ASUS EAH5970 19'789 150.63 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 18'944 144.20 %
Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock 18'745 142.68 %
Zotac GTX 480 18'345 139.64 %
MSI HD 5870 Lightning 18'095 137.74 %
nVidia GTX 295 17'857 135.93 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 17'679 134.57 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 15'755 119.93 %
ASUS EAH5870 15'858 120.71 %
ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU 14'866 113.16 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 14'310 108.93 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 14'002 106.58 %
ASUS GTX 470 13'753 104.68 %
ASUS EAH5850 13'137 100.00 %
ASUS GTX285 Matrix 12'156 92.53 %
MSI GTX 275 Lightning 11'337 86.29 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 10'717 81.58 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 9'641 73.39 %
ASUS EAH3870X2 8'292 63.12 %
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 6'722 51.17 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 6'075 46.24 %
EVGA 8800 GT 512MB 5'328 40.55 %
ASUS ENGT440 4'782 36.40 %
Zotac 9600 GT ECO 3'878 29.52 %
ASUS ENGT430 3'709 28.23 %
ASUS EAH5550 2'863 21.79 %
  more is better



Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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Unigine Heaven



Unigine Heaven Score Percent
Palit GTX 580 SLI 1'484 420.40 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 1'247 353.26 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 1'223 346.46 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 1'217 344.76 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 1'183 335.13 %
ASUS GTX 590 1'276 361.47 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 1'122 317.85 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 1'105 313.03 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 1'095 310.20 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 1'047 296.60 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 883 250.14 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 878 248.73 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 877 248.44 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 835 236.54 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 817 231.44 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 812 230.03 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 777 220.11 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 692 196.03 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE SLI 690 195.47 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 677 191.78 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 637 180.45 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 635 179.89 %
Zotac GTX 480 593 167.99 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 583 165.16 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 520 147.31 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 447 126.63 %
ASUS EAH6850 353 100.00 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 334 94.62 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 322 91.21 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 263 74.50 %
ASUS ENGT440 163 46.18 %
ASUS ENGT430 126 35.69 %
ASUS EAH5550 86 24.36 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 71 20.11 %
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Unigine Heaven Average Percent
Palit GTX 580 SLI 58.9 fps 420.71 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 49.5 fps 353.57 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 48.6 fps 347.14 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 48.3 fps 345.00 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 47.0 fps 335.71 %
ASUS GTX 590 50.7 fps 362.14 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 44.5 fps 317.86 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 43.5 fps 310.71 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 43.9 fps 313.57 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 41.6 fps 297.14 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 35.3 fps 252.14 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 34.9 fps 249.29 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 34.8 fps 248.57 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 33.1 fps 236.43 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 32.4 fps 231.43 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 32.2 fps 230.00 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 30.9 fps 220.71 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 27.5 fps 196.43 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE SLI 27.4 fps 195.71 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 26.9 fps 192.14 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 25.3 fps 180.71 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 25.2 fps 180.00 %
Zotac GTX 480 23.5 fps 167.86 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 23.1 fps 165.00 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 20.6 fps 147.14 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 17.7 fps 126.43 %
ASUS EAH6850 14.0 fps 100.00 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 13.4 fps 95.71 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 13.3 fps 95.00 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 10.4 fps 74.29 %
ASUS ENGT440 6.5 fps 46.43 %
ASUS ENGT430 5.0 fps 35.71 %
ASUS EAH5550 3.4 fps 24.29 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 2.8 fps 20.00 %
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Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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Stone Giant



Stone Giant Average Percent
Palit GTX 580 SLI 159 fps 512.90 %
ASUS GTX 590 123 fps 396.77 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 122 fps 393.55 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 119 fps 383.87 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 113 fps 364.52 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 107 fps 345.16 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE SLI 96 fps 309.68 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 92 fps 296.77 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 89 fps 287.10 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 89 fps 287.10 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 89 fps 287.10 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 86 fps 277.42 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 85 fps 274.19 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 83 fps 267.74 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 75 fps 241.94 %
Zotac GTX 480 75 fps 241.94 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 71 fps 229.03 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 70 fps 225.81 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 66 fps 212.90 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 64 fps 206.45 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 53 fps 170.97 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 51 fps 164.52 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 51 fps 164.52 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 50 fps 161.29 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 44 fps 141.94 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 48 fps 154.84 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 37 fps 119.35 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 37 fps 119.35 %
ASUS EAH6850 31 fps 100.00 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 23 fps 71.19 %
ASUS ENGT440 17 fps 54.84 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 14 fps 45.16 %
ASUS ENGT430 14 fps 45.16 %
ASUS EAH5550 10 fps 32.26 %
  more is better



Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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World in Conflict




World in Conflict, 1920 x 1080, high details, 8xAA 16xAF Average Percent
Palit GTX 580 SLI 110 fps 164.18 %
ASUS ARES 5870X2 2DIS 4GD5 106 fps 179.66 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 84 fps 142.37 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 83 fps 140.68 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 82 fps 138.98 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 82 fps 138.98 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 82 fps 138.98 %
ASUS GTX 590 81 fps 137.29 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 81 fps 137.29 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 80 fps 135.59 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 79 fps 133.90 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 79 fps 133.90 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 78 fps 132.20 %
ASUS EAH5970 77 fps 130.50 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 77 fps 130.50 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 75 fps 127.12 %
Zotac GTX 480 75 fps 127.12 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 74 fps 125.42 %
ASUS GTX 470 73 fps 123.72 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 72 fps 122.03 %
Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock 72 fps 122.03 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 72 fps 122.03 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 69 fps 116.94 %
MSI HD 5870 Lightning 69 fps 116.94 %
ZOTAC GTX 285 SLI 69 fps 116.94 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 68 fps 115.25 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 68 fps 115.25 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 67 fps 113.56 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE SLI 67 fps 113.56 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 61 fps 103.39 %
ZOTAC GTX 275 1792MB SLI 59 fps 100.00 %
ASUS EAH5870 59 fps 100.00 %
ASUS EAH5850 59 fps 100.00 %
ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU 57 fps 96.61 %
nVidia GTX 295 SLI 57 fps 96.61 %
ASUS GTX285 Matrix 56 fps 94.91 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 55 fps 93.22 %
nVidia GTX 295 53 fps 89.83 %
MSI GTX 275 Lightning 50 fps 84.74 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 41 fps 69.49 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 41 fps 69.49 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 39 fps 66.10 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 30 fps 50.85 %
ASUS EAH3870X2 26 fps 44.06 %
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 25 fps 42.37 %
EVGA 8800 GT 512MB 21 fps 35.59 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 20 fps 33.90 %
ASUS ENGT440 18 fps 30.51 %
Zotac 9600 GT ECO 18 fps 30.51 %
ASUS ENGT430 13 fps 22.03 %
ASUS EAH5550 10 fps 16.95 %
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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
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Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil uses nearly every modern rendering technology: HDR, Hemisphere Lighting, Soft Shadows, Soft Particles, Field- und Motion-Blur oder auch Alpha to Coverage and static Ambient Occlusion. Furthermore Resident Evil 5 has been optimized for multicore architectures and already comes DirectX11 ready. By using the DirectX9 as well as the DirectX10 benchmark we can again show you CPU-scaling with low resolutions and the compared to the CPU overproportional influence of the graphics card at high resolutions.



Resident Evil 5, 1920 x 1080, high details, 8xAA 16xAF Average Percent
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 162.50 fps 169.62 %
Palit GTX 580 SLI 140.10 fps 146.24 %
ASUS ARES 5870X2 2DIS 4GD5 123.20 fps 128.60 %
ASUS EAH5970 119.50 fps 124.73 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 116.00 fps 121.09 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 114.80 fps 119.83 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 113.60 fps 139.46 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 113.00 fps 117.95 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 110.30 fps 115.14 %
ASUS GTX 590 110.20 fps 115.03 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 109.30 fps 114.09 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 108.70 fps 113.47 %
ZOTAC GTX 285 SLI 108.60 fps 113.36 %
ZOTAC GTX 275 1792MB SLI 108.30 fps 113.05 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 107.40 fps 112.11 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 107.30 fps 112.00 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 107.20 fps 111.90 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 106.40 fps 111.06 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 106.00 fps 110.65 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 105.70 fps 110.33 %
Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock 105.00 fps 109.60 %
MSI HD 5870 Lightning 104.30 fps 108.87 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 103.20 fps 107.72 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 102.90 fps 107.41 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE SLI 101.80 fps 106.26 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 101.70 fps 106.16 %
nVidia GTX 295 100.50 fps 104.90 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 100.20 fps 104.59 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 99.50 fps 103.86 %
ASUS EAH5870 97.20 fps 101.46 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 96.50 fps 100.73 %
ASUS EAH5850 95.80 fps 100.00 %
nVidia GTX 295 SLI 95.30 fps 99.48 %
ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU 93.30 fps 97.39 %
Zotac GTX 480 92.20 fps 78.50 %
ASUS GTX 470 90.30 fps 94.25 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 88.10 fps 91.96 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 82.40 fps 86.01 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 78.60 fps 82.04 %
ASUS GTX285 Matrix 75.00 fps 78.28 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 69.20 fps 71.19 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 62.50 fps 65.24 %
MSI GTX 275 Lightning 62.40 fps 65.13 %
ASUS EAH3870X2 51.60 fps 53.86 %
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 44.40 fps 46.35 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 39.20 fps 40.92 %
EVGA 8800 GT 512MB 34.60 fps 36.10 %
ASUS ENGT440 30.80 fps 32.15 %
Zotac 9600 GT ECO 29.70 fps 31.00 %
ASUS ENGT430 24.40 fps 25.47 %
ASUS EAH5550 23.90 fps 24.95 %
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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
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Call of Juarez




Call of Juarez, 1920 x 1080, high details, 4xSSAA Average Percent
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 91.00 fps 228.64 %
ASUS GTX 590 88.80 fps 223.16 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 88.70 fps 222.86 %
Palit GTX 580 SLI 88.60 fps 222.61 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 78.90 fps 198.24 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 76.00 fps 190.95 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 73.50 fps 184.67 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 73.10 fps 183.67 %
ASUS ARES 5870X2 2DIS 4GD5 72.80 fps 182.91 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 70.70 fps 177.64 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 66.80 fps 167.84 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 56.10 fps 140.95 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 54.40 fps 136.68 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 53.90 fps 135.43 %
ASUS EAH5970 53.60 fps 134.67 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 52.40 fps 131.65 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE SLI 52.00 fps 130.65 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 51.90 fps 130.40 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 49.60 fps 124.62 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 49.20 fps 123.62 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 49.00 fps 123.12 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 48.70 fps 122.36 %
nVidia GTX 295 SLI 47.60 fps 119.59 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 46.30 fps 116.33 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 46.20 fps 116.08 %
Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock 43.20 fps 108.54 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 42.90 fps 107.79 %
MSI HD 5870 Lightning 42.50 fps 106.78 %
ASUS EAH5870 41.90 fps 105.27 %
ASUS EAH5850 39.80 fps 100.00 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 39.50 fps 99.25 %
ZOTAC GTX 285 SLI 38.80 fps 97.48 %
Zotac GTX 480 37.20 fps 93.47 %
ZOTAC GTX 275 1792MB SLI 38.00 fps 95.47 %
ASUS GTX285 Matrix 34.60 fps 86.93 %
ASUS GTX 470 34.20 fps 85.92 %
nVidia GTX 295 33.20 fps 83.42 %
ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU 32.10 fps 80.65 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 32.10 fps 80.65 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 31.60 fps 79.40 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 30.70 fps 77.14 %
MSI GTX 275 Lightning 28.50 fps 71.60 %
ASUS EAH3870X2 24.50 fps 61.56 %
ASUS ENGT440 21.90 fps 55.03 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 21.10 fps 53.02 %
EVGA 8800 GT 512MB 18.20 fps 45.73 %
ASUS ENGT430 16.60 fps 41.71 %
Zotac 9600 GT ECO 15.20 fps 38.19 %
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 13.90 fps 34.92 %
ASUS EAH5550 12.30 fps 30.90 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 12.20 fps 30.65 %
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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
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Far Cry 2




Far Cry 2, 1920 x 1080, high details, 8xAA Average Percent
Palit GTX 580 SLI 132.41 fps 250.21 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 122.40 fps 231.29 %
ASUS EAH6990 (830 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 120.76 fps 228.19 %
Zotac GTX480 SLI 118.04 fps 223.05 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 114.88 fps 217.08 %
ASUS GTX 590 113.17 fps 213.85 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 111.46 fps 210.62 %
EVGA GTX 460 SLI 107.77 fps 203.65 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 104.74 fps 197.92 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 103.82 fps 196.18 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top 102.77 fps 194.20 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation 99.05 fps 187.17 %
AMD Radeon HD6970 CrossFire 98.50 fps 186.13 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 98.36 fps 185.86 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 95.27 fps 180.03 %
ASUS ARES 5870X2 2DIS 4GD5 91.87 fps 173.60 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 88.83 fps 167.86 %
nVidia GTX 295 SLI 86.87 fps 164.15 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 86.41 fps 163.28 %
ZOTAC GTX 285 SLI 84.49 fps 159.65 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 84.00 fps 158.73 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top 82.71 fps 156.29 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 82.39 fps 155.69 %
ASUS EAH5970 80.35 fps 153.48 %
ZOTAC GTX 275 1792MB SLI 79.51 fps 150.24 %
ASUS EAH6970 2GB 79.21 fps 149.68 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII 77.54 fps 146.52 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 74.37 fps 140.53 %
ASUS EAH6950 2GB 71.40 fps 134.92 %
Zotac GTX 480 68.87 fps 118.80 %
nVidia GTX 295 66.72 fps 126.08 %
ASUS GTX 470 64.51 fps 121.90 %
EVGA GTX 460 EE 60.66 fps 114.63 %
Gigabyte HD5870 Super Overclock 59.21 fps 111.88 %
MSI HD 5870 Lightning 55.66 fps 105.17 %
ASUS EAH5870 54.99 fps 103.91 %
ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU 54.14 fps 102.30 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 52.92 fps 100.00 %
ASUS EAH5850 52.92 fps 100.00 %
ASUS GTX285 Matrix 49.69 fps 93.89 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top 44.24 fps 83.60 %
MSI GTX 275 Lightning 42.31 fps 79.95 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 36.51 fps 68.99 %
ASUS ENGT440 22.08 fps 41.72 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 20.13 fps 38.04 %
ASUS ENGTS250 DK 17.95 fps 33.92 %
ASUS ENGT430 17.07 fps 32.26 %
Zotac 9600 GT ECO 16.49 fps 31.16 %
EVGA 8800 GT 512MB 15.73 fps 29.72 %
ASUS EAH5550 13.33 fps 25.19 %
ASUS EAH3870X2 10.21 fps 19.30 %
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Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
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Futuremark Overclocking

Overclocking

3DMark 11 Total Score Percent
ASUS EAH6990 (980 MHz / 5'756 MHz) 9'201 170.92 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 8'625 160.22 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 (1'206 MHz / 6'608 MHz) 8'624 160.21 %
ASUS GTX 590 (681 MHz / 3'620 MHz) 8'572 159.24 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 (673 MHz / 3'602 MHz) 8'564 159.09 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top (GPU 1'200 MHz / Mem 6'400 MHz) 8'246 153.19 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation (GPU 1'125 MHz / Mem 6'300 MHz) 8'205 152.42 %
ASUS GTX 590 8'123 150.90 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 8'043 149.41 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top (GPU 1'080 MHz / Mem 6'300 MHz) 7'146 132.75 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning (GPU 970 MHz / Mem 4'500 MHz) 7'103 131.95 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum (GPU 956 MHz / Mem 4'128 MHz) 7'046 130.89 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top (GPU 1'300 MHz / Mem 6'100 MHz) 7'024 130.48 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII (GPU 952 MHz / Mem 4'568 MHz) 6'512 120.97 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 6'356 118.08 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 (GPU 966 MHz / Mem 2'332 MHz) 6'212  115.40 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII (GPU 939 MHz / Mem 4'056 MHz) 6'199 115.16 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 6'048 112.35 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 6'040 112.21 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 5'988 111.24 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 5'859 108.84 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII (974 MHz / Mem 5'872 MHz) 5'656 105.07 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 5'383  100.00 %
ASUS EAH6970 (GPU 1'001 MHz / Mem 3'008 MHz) 5'365 99.67 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 5'273 97.96 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top (GPU 1'009 MHz / Mem 4'708 MHz) 5'003 92.94 %
ASUS EAH6950 (GPU 986 MHz / Mem 5'764 MHz) 4'733 87.92 %
ASUS EAH6950 4'606 85.57 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 4'551 84.54 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock (GPU 951 MHz / Mem 4'300 MHz) 4'125 76.63 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top (GPU 1190 MHz / Mem 5'200 MHz) 3'858 71.67 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 3'754  69.74 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top (1100 MHz / 2800 MHz) 3'067 56.98 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 (950 MHz / 5000 MHz) 2'999 55.71 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 2'717 50.47 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 2'713 50.40 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 1'645 30.56 %
ASUSEAH5550 (868 MHz / 1'134 MHz) 1'519 28.22 %
ASUS ENGT440 (925 MHz / 980 MHz) 1'492 27.72 %
ASUS ENGT430 (880 MHz / 1052 MHz) 1'352 25.12 %
ASUS ENGT440 1'327 24.65 %
ASUS ENGT430 1'075 19.97 %
ASUS EAH5550 1'017 18.89 %
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3DMark 11 GPU Score Percent
ASUS EAH6990 (980 MHz / 5'756 MHz) 11'047 193.91 %
ASUS GeForce GTX 680 (1'206 MHz / 6'608 MHz) 10'190 178.87 %
ASUS EAH6990 (880 MHz / 5'000 MHz) 9'977 175.13 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 (673 MHz / 3'602 MHz) 9'786 171.77 %
ASUS GTX 590 (681 MHz / 3'620 MHz) 9'724 170.69 %
ASUS HD 7970 DirectCUII Top (GPU 1'200 MHz / Mem 6'400 MHz) 9'555 167.72 %
XFX Radeon HD 7970 Double Dissipation (GPU 1'125 MHz / Mem 6'300 MHz) 9'264 162.61 %
ASUS GTX 590 8'914 156.47 %
NVIDIA GTX 590 8'854 155.42 %
ASUS HD 7950 DirectCU II Top (GPU  1'080 MHz / 6'300 Mem  MHz) 7'783 136.62 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning (GPU 970 MHz / Mem 4'500 MHz) 7'346 128.95 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top (GPU 1'300 MHz / Mem 6'100 MHz) 7'299 128.12 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum (GPU 956 MHz / Mem 4'128 MHz) 7'260 127.44 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII (GPU 952 MHz / Mem 4'568 MHz) 6'731 118.15 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 (GPU 966 MHz / Mem 2'332 MHz) 6'679  117.24 %
ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 6'314 110.83 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII (GPU 939 MHz / Mem 4'056 MHz) 6'151 107.97 %
MSI GTX 580 Lightning 5'952 104.48 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 5'919 103.90 %
ASUS GTX 580 DirectCUII 5'872 103.53 %
ASUS Radeon HD 7850 DirectCUII Top 5'720 100.40 %
ASUS ENGTX 580 5'697  100.00 %
ASUS HD6970 DirectCUII  (974 MHz / Mem 5'872 MHz) 5'510 96.72 %
ASUS EAH6970 (GPU 1'001 MHz / Mem 3'008 MHz) 5'191 91.12 %
ASUS GTX 570 DirectCUII 5'082 89.20 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top (GPU 1'009 MHz / Mem 4'708 MHz) 4'837 84.90 %
ASUS EAH6950 (GPU 986 MHz / Mem 5'764 MHz) 4'641 81.46 %
ASUS GTX 560 Ti DirectCUII Top 4'341 76.20 %
ASUS EAH6950 4'108 72.11 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock (GPU 951 MHz / Mem 4'300 MHz) 4'022 70.60 %
ASUS HD7770 DirectCU Top (GPU 1190 MHz / Mem 5'200 MHz) 3'693 64.82 %
Gigabyte GTX460 Super Overclock 3'562  62.52 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top (1100 MHz / 2800 MHz) 2'777 48.74 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 (950 MHz / 5000 MHz) 2'747 48.22 %
ASUS EAH6770 DC SL/2DI/1GD5 2'460 43.18 %
ASUS GTX 550 Ti DirectCU Top 2'440 42.83 %
AMD Radeon HD 6570 1'496 26.26 %
ASUS EAH5550 (868 MHz/ 1'134 MHz) 1'340 23.52 %
ASUS ENGT440 (925 MHz/ 980 MHz) 1'309 22.98 %
ASUS ENGT430 (880 MHz / 1052 MHz) 1'185 20.80 %
ASUS ENGT440 1'160 20.36 %
ASUS ENGT430 937 16.45 %
ASUS EAH5550 882 15.48 %
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Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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Conclusion

General   + -
With the HD 7850 DirectCUII Top, ASUS has a custom design and factory overclocked version of AMDs Radeon HD 7850 in its portfolio. The factory overclocking, which is 115 MHz, is well measurable and increases the performance noticeably as this architecture scales well with GPU frequency. This cards performance is very close to a reference GeForce GTX 580 and better than the HD 6970 which were the last gen single GPU performance kings. Furthermore there is ASUS' DirectCUII cooler which once more did a good job from the noise level and temperature point of view.   - 2D silent - Noise Level in 3D mode  
       
Performance   + -
Regarding performance the ASUS HD 7850 Direct CU II Top can almost be compared with a reference GeForce GTX 580 from NVIDIA. On average HD 7850 Direct CU II Top is a bit slower than the previous NVIDIA high-end card but very close or even faster than AMD's last gen high-end GPU HD 6970. It also doens't matter if you look at synthetic Futuremark performance or real life gaming benchmarks, the performance of this card is on a highly competitive level.   - Performance in general  
       
Overclocking   + -
Included in the bundle you get the software ASUS GPU Tweak, which allows to adjust the GPU voltage as well as GPU and memory frequencies. It has been possible to run 3DMark 11 with 1'300 MHz on the GPU and 6'100 MHz on the memory. Which results on a 27 % more powerful card at those clocks. This architecture really does scale well with higher core frequency.   - Overclocking GPU 1'300 MHz / Mem 6'100 MHz
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Recommendation   + -
If you should be looking for a very powerful graphics card, which comes with a factory overclocking and that can outperform previous gen high-end graphics cards at a reasonable price point, then the ASUS HD 7850 DirectCU II Top definitely can be recommended. Especially if you want a card for performance gaming and you don't want to empty your bank account.   - High-End Gaming - Performance Gaming - Desktop PC
 
 




Author: Christian Ney, c.ney@ocaholic.ch Edition and translation: Christian Ney, c.ney@ocaholic.ch Marc B├╝chel, m.buechel@ocaholic.ch

Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - Stone Giant
Page 2 - Technical Data / Specifications Page 9 - World in Conflict
Page 3 - Preview / Delivery Page 10 - Resident Evil 5
Page 4 - Testing conditions Page 11 - Call of Juarez
Page 5 - 3D Mark 11 Page 12 - Far Cry 2
Page 6 - 3D Mark Vantage Page 13 - Overclocking
Page 7 - Unigine Heaven Page 14 - Conclusion



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